Registration opens for Cherokee Nation IGNITE language conference

March 22, 2019

Dozens of language teachers listen to a presenter during the 2018 IGNITE language conference.Dozens of language teachers listen to a presenter during the 2018 IGNITE language conference.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation Language Program is hosting a four-day conference to help Cherokee language teachers develop effective teaching strategies and preserve the Cherokee language.

The 2019 Indigenous Gathering of Native Language Instructional Techniques for Educators, or IGNITE, will be June 17-20 at Heritage Elementary School in Tahlequah. During the third annual event, more than a dozen instructors of world languages will provide workshops and teaching labs to participants and introduce them to the best methods of teaching languages through one-on-one interactions.

“Cherokee Nation believes that having the best tools for the job is vital to the success of any project,” said Wade Blevins, Cherokee Nation language technology specialist. “Our language is being lost, and so far, we are unable to produce speakers as fast as we are losing them. Our IGNITE conference attempts to give teachers access to the best teaching practices based on the latest research on how language is acquired in the brain in hopes that better methods result in making the Cherokee language accessible to more people.”

The IGNITE conference is geared toward certified teachers, paraprofessionals, community educators, college students and community members who may want to teach the Cherokee language to their children or grandchildren. After completing the four-day conference, participants will receive a certificate of completion and a workbook containing templates, sample lessons and resources to use in their own indigenous language programs.

Earlybird registration for the four-day conference is available through May 3 for $350 per person. After May 3, full-conference registration is $450 per person or $175 daily.

For more information on IGNITE and the learning models that will be used, or to register for the conference, visit